“It starts with an idea,” he begins. “Then I start looking for imagery and slowly startdeveloping the paintings in my head. Then I make sketches, and lastly I start the painting. Mostof the work happens in my head before it physically happens.”In the studio where he works, there is stillness and quiet – both evoking a sense of peaceand contemplation – a moment ripe for pause and reflection on his working process, and all thathas gone into where he is today.This year marks a milestone in Capone’s life journey. “Roughly ten years ago I sold myfirst painting,” he says. “It was a big deal back then, and it still is now. The idea that my artwork holds up enough merit to be included in other peoples lives, other than my own, is veryimportant and special to me.”In the past decade, Capone has grown as an artist and a man, and in that evolution is adeeper understanding of how his art fits into the world, and what that means. He is thoughtfulwhen discussing his take on the value of art in today’s world. “I learned that stories and imageryare the most important thing that we as people have to give to each other and those after us.”His latest exhibit is a switch from previous projects, featuring a main character –Hedgehog Boy – who explores the realm of fantasy, of the nether region between the sane andthe insane – the time when a person delves into their darker thoughts, abandoning reason andconvention, and stepping off the precipice of what’s normal. Like his artistic protagonist, Caponealso goes further than he has in any of his previous work.“The show is a big turning point for me as I’ve never made a character and focused somuch on him before,” he explains. “There will also be a few paintings that are not of Hedgehogboy, but they are similar in tone, so I think they belong. It’s the story of an outsider, who goeseven farther outside by slipping into insanity, a rather fun and sexy insanity, but still fuckingnuts. I've always been fascinated by the idea that one could get lost within their own mind.Hedgehog boy is what happens when one falls too deep within themselves.”These are heady themes, and Capone’s work deftly conveys the drama at hand. Thepieces for his Hedgehog series are vibrant, bold, seering – utilizing rich pigments and in-your-face bursts of color and rough strokes. Magentas, deep blues, and traces of blood red punctuatethe color scheme – entire backgrounds are soaked in hot fuschia and red-tinged violets, whileindigo and dark cobalt add a cooling, grounding base.